Trip Details

Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing as it’s known in the west, is Thailand’s national sport, and one of the most popular forms of martial arts in south-east Asia. The Thai Boxing Thailand project gives travellers an opportunity to learn the basics of this sport, whilst taking in the culture of the country that created it. Known by many as ‘The Art of the Eight Limbs’, Muay Thai teaches its students to combat their opponents with eight different points of contact: the feet, knees, elbows and hands.

Muay Thai is widely considered to be the most physical sport in the martial arts category, and it is also deemed to be one of the hardest to master. During this project you will train in all of the elements essential to Muay Thai; your instructor will teach you all of the traditional training techniques and, over the course of your time on this project, you will develop your skills as a Thai boxer.

Whether you are completely new to the sport or have been learning this or another martial art for years, the experienced instructors we work with will be able to develop an in-depth training program that suits you. While the training you take part in will cover a range of disciplines and areas, Thai boxing focuses primarily on: agility, speed and balance. In order to develop each discipline of Muay Thai – punches, kicks, elbows, etc. – you will learn exercises and practice drills that promote these important elements.

It is the perfect base to either learn the art of Muay Thai, or (if you already know the basics), to advance your skills in the country of the sport’s origins. Boxing teaches you to fight your opponent using 8 different points of contact on the body – feet, knees, elbows and hands. It is one of the most physical martial arts, but also one of the most exclusive.

You will experience authentic and traditional boxing classes, which demonstrate the basic principles and foundations of the exquisite art form of Muay Thai. The lead teacher of the school is also the provincial champion of the Singburi district and has a great deal of experience and knowledge.

This intensive and engaging program is led by a provincial champion – he won’t go easy on you so be prepared to work for it!

Aims & Objectives

  • Teach you the art of Muay Thai in the most authentic, traditional way
  • Increase your level of fitness while learning important self defence skills

Trip Itinerary

First Week
Your first week on the Thai Boxing project will be an introduction to the martial art. Not only will you start on your Muay Thai journey, but you also learn about the country and culture that created it. Immerse yourself in the local area alongside your fellow participants and prepare to start training in this energising martial art.

Monday to Friday
During this program, you will leave the centre in the early morning (around 05:30 or 06:00).

After a 30 minute run for warm up, you will train for two hours led by our experienced Thai Boxing trainer. Thai boxers usually start very early in the day to benefit from the coolness of the morning. After your morning shift, you will head back to the eco-house to have breakfast and relax for a few hours. In the afternoon, you will return to the boxing school for another session

With the Thai Boxing program, weekends are always free. Relax at the Eco-House, or take a taxi into town – expand your sightseeing and visit the local areas and landmarks.

You will be ideally based in a position from which you can visit other parts of the country and area easily. Make the most of your trip and make sure you get as much of the culture as you can. Our friendly staff are also always on hand to make suggestions and to offer the best advice on local attractions for you to try out.

Specific Health information
This program requires you to be healthy and active, Therefore, it is the responsibility of all participants to ensure they can participate in a program of this nature.

What you have to prepare

  • Jogging shoes
  • Appropriate sports clothes for boxing
  • Oils and ointments
  • Bandages for hands

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

You will be located in the outskirts of Singburi, an interesting town 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded under the reign of King Rama V through the consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a single town on the west of the Chao Phraya River in 1895.

Your new home is set close to the village of Tha Kham, an extremely rural area that will give you the chance to experience the Thailand that very few get to see.

Accommodation & Food

Your new home will be one of our 3 ‘Eco Houses’ near Singburi, central Thailand: Lemon House, Twin House and Brown House. They are all located riverside (River Noi – Little River) in the village of Tha Kham and depending on which house you are staying at, is about 8-15km from Singburi (10-15 minutes by car). The 3 houses sleep from 30 to 72 people.

All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow volunteers or use the free Wifi.

Although not directly on site, there are laundry facilities offered by locals which many of our participants take advantage of (this will probably cost you 5฿ per item, otherwise you can easily wash your clothes by hand.)

For participants who desire more comfort and privacy, families, couples and more elderly participants, we recommend upgrading to a comfort room. These rooms are more luxurious, uniquely designed and located apart from the two standard participant residences and so are noticeably quieter.

Food Arrangements
All the meals served inside the accommodation are vegetarian friendly and will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fruits. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long.

There are ATMs and shops in the local village which, depending on the accommodation you will be staying at, is located between 5 minutes by bicycle to 20 minutes by foot.

There are restaurants and small local stores within walking distance of each of the accommodations.

Equally, Singburi has plenty to offer and there will be trips throughout the week into this city where you can find shopping malls, markets, restaurants and even a swimming pool!

Activities & Events
Tuesday Evening
Visit the night market in Tha Kham. Taste all types of Thai food, stock up on inexpensive clothing or just soak in the atmosphere of this small town!

Wednesday Afternoon
This is free time for most participants and we offer a trip into Singburi. You can choose to use the swimming pool, go for a Thai massage or take advantage of a trip to a shopping centre.

Wednesday Evening
You will have the option to attend a Thai BBQ at a local restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.

Thursday Evening
There is a trip to a shopping mall (including a large Tesco Lotus), where you can buy any essentials, snacks, western food (pizza shops, KFC, ice cream parlour, coffee shops etc)

Sights & Surroundings
Locally, Singburi itself has plenty to offer in terms of sites and attractions, ranging from its many Buddhist temples. There is also a swimming pool, two shopping centres and many markets.

You can also choose to travel to Bangkok during weekends. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours either by mini-van or bus from Singburi . We provide detailed information about this each week.

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Thani
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Trip Country Info


Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa